Last month, United States Artists hired me to document a portion of author Justin Torres‘ artist in residency in Wrangell-St Elias National Park in eastern Alaska. During this time, I stayed at the old hardware store where the Wrangell Mountain Center non-profit lives and functions.
Everybody who works here and is drawn to this hub of the McCarthy community celebrates the uniqueness and rawness of the surrounding landscape in some way. Writers are drawn to the poetry workshops, a local quilter lives there, musicians are inspired, students and scientists use McCarthy as a jumping off point to access the remote, glaciated landscapes of the Wrangell and Chugach Mountain ranges. It’s a little slice of heaven for the mountain lover. So I was excited to get some time out there, documenting Justin as well as some of the projects and events the WMC had going on while I was there.
Here are some my personal favorite images from 5 days in this welcoming community. Scroll over images to see captions.